The New Nigerian Bar Association (NNBA) has written the Attorney-General of the Federation and minister of justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, over the crisis rocking the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA.
The NNBA informed the AGF of its decision to form the new body in a letter.
Some aggrieved northern members of the NBA had pulled out of the association, after the withdrawal of the invitation of Governor of Kaduna, Nasir el-Rufai, as a speaker at its conference.
In the letter, dated Friday, August 28, and signed by its conveners, Nuhu Ibrahim and Abdulbasit, the new faction said the national executive council of the NBA “failed to take into consideration our national interests.
“We are pleased to inform you of the formation of a new association of lawyers as above captioned.”
The NNBA said the processes required to set up the association are in place, adding that the AGF will be updated with developments.
Meanwhile, the newly formed NNBA has been generating reactions from Nigerians on social media.
Usman Okai Austin wrote on Twitter: “Northern Nigerian Bar Association (NNBA) is a gradual judicial secession. If it is allowed to stand, then the agitation for Biafra should not be seen as treasonous.”
Idowu Bakare wrote: “As we have ICAN, so do we have ANAN. As we have NBA, so we have NNBA. But we all know which ones are the real deal. Cheap photocopy.”
Adetunji Adediwura wrote: “Every Nigerian lawyer is a member of the NBA at least at the national level. That’s because before enrolling at the Supreme Court, you need to pay your membership fees before you would get your Supreme Court number. That’s another problem this NNBA will create for young lawyers because new lawyers can’t enrol under NNBA but NBA.”
Israel Awolowo wrote: “Since the Wahabi core northern Nigeria has set up NNBA as a rival to the NBA. Indeed, we should encourage a Miyetti Allah-Sympathetic Bar Association.”
Akpata floored two rivals who are Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) in the election which was held in July 2020 to become the first lawyer to emerge president of the NBA before attaining the rank.
The swearing-in ceremony held in Abuja on Friday, August 28, also witnessed the dissolution of the Paul Usoro-led NEC.
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